bacterial vaginosis


Definition of bacterial vaginosis

: vaginitis that is marked by a grayish vaginal discharge usually of foul odor and that is associated with the presence of excessive amounts of some bacteria (especially Gardnerella vaginalis)

called also nonspecific vaginitis

Examples of bacterial vaginosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carmen, 27, suffered repeat infections of bacterial vaginosis (BV)., "My Itchy Bacterial Vaginosis Was Difficult to Treat Until I Tried Antibiotic Gel and Cream," 21 Nov. 2019 The trial included five women (aged 27 to 47), who all suffered from intractable cases of bacterial vaginosis (BV) but were otherwise healthy. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Vaginal-fluid transplants treat incurable condition in pilot study," 9 Oct. 2019 Types of vaginitis include bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections, so this is well worth avoiding. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Habits That Can Get in the Way of Having a Healthy Vagina," 25 May 2018 Mitchell, who also received approval for a clinical trial using VMT to treat bacterial vaginosis and was not part of the new study, echoes these sentiments. Monique Brouillette, Scientific American, "Vaginal Fluid Transplants Hold Promise, But Raise Safety Concerns," 16 Oct. 2019 Then there’s that overachiever bacterial vaginosis. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Colors Your Vaginal Discharge Can Be (and What They Might Mean)," 8 Feb. 2019 Sometimes bacterial vaginosis doesn’t cause any symptoms, the Mayo Clinic explains. Isadora Baum, SELF, "8 Reasons Your Vulva or Vagina Might Get All Swollen," 30 Nov. 2018 Treatment for bacterial vaginosis involves antibiotics taken orally and/or vaginally, the Mayo Clinic explains. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Here’s Why You Should Always Wipe Front-to-Back," 9 Mar. 2019 This will help to prevent any vaginal issues, such as yeast infections, vaginal irritation, and bacterial vaginosis. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Here’s Why You Might Want to Sleep Without Underwear," 2 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of bacterial vaginosis

1983, in the meaning defined above

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“Bacterial vaginosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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bacterial vaginosis

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Medical Definition of bacterial vaginosis

: vaginitis that is marked by a grayish vaginal discharge usually of foul odor and that is associated with the presence of a bacterium especially of the genus Gardnerella (G. vaginalis synonym Haemophilus vaginalis) abbreviation BV

called also nonspecific vaginitis

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